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The People Project

The People Project’s vision for the education system (and the world) is one where the skills for building resilience can be easily understood and applied so that every individual – whether student or senior leader – can experience feeling and performing at their best. They have identified that resilience is the foundation of emotionally intelligent and authentic leadership. In turn, resilient leaders create cultures where their colleagues and students are able to feel and perform at their best.

Their consultancy supports organisations such as schools, charities start-ups and financial organisations to develop resilient cultures where all members of the community can achieve and succeed.

Their training equips teachers, leaders and managers with the knowledge and skills to perform at their best in their professional and personal lives. Their coaching supports teachers, leaders and managers to work individually on the skills that they need in order to be their most resilient selves, and to support those that they manage or teach to themselves flourish and succeed.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Resilience strategy training for leadership teams
  • Who’s it for?
    Senior leaders in schools in all phases both state and independent

    Course overview
    Participants will:
    – use The People Project resilience model to understand what underpins resilience and sustainable high performance
    – work with a psychologist to build a brief resilience and wellbeing strategy for senior leaders, staff and students.

    Programme duration
    One day

    How many people is this for?
    All members of your senior leadership team

    Estimated cost
    – Typically £1000 per day for 1 facilitator + travel from London/Reading
    – Prices may vary according to location, size and phase of school and the number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Whole school training to promote wellbeing and resilience
  • Who’s it for?
    Whole school staff bodies including support staff in all school phases and types

    Course overview
    Staff will:
    – use The People Project resilience model to navigate the intersection between emotional and cognitive wellbeing
    – develop a shared understanding of how to build a resilient culture
    – leave the session with clear behaviour change strategies to support resilience and sustainable performance

    Programme duration
    One day

    How many people is this for?
    Whole school team

    Estimated cost
    Typically
    – £1000 per day for 1 facilitator+ travel from London/Reading (< 50 delegates)
    – £1800 for 2 facilitators + travel from London/Reading (<150 delegates)
    – Prices may vary according to location, size and phase of school and the number of participants

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Resilience and wellbeing coaching (6 sessions as standard)
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, senior leaders, middle leaders and teachers in all school phases and types

    Course overview
    Working with a coaching psychologist, the coachee will:
    – develop an understanding of their own resilience profile
    – work to clarify their values, identify their strengths
    – use evidence-based approaches to create optimal resilience and wellbeing.

    Programme duration
    Usually six sessions of 50 minutes

    How many people is this for?
    One participant coachee per session but no limit the number of people from each school

    Estimated cost
    £540 for 6 sessions via Skype/Zoom – no travel costs

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Online via video conferencing

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Developing resilience for teams - Group Coaching
  • Who’s it for?
    Teams such as Senior leadership teams, MAT executive teams in all school phases and types

    Course overview
    Working with a coaching psychologist, your team will:
    – develop an understanding of their own resilience profile
    – work to clarify their values, identify their strengths
    – use evidence-based approaches to create optimal resilience and wellbeing.

    Programme duration
    Usually three sessions across the academic year (each session is typically three hours)

    How many people is this for?
    Up to ten participants

    Estimated cost
    – £2400 for 3 sessions + travel from London/Reading
    – Prices may vary according to location, size and phase of school and the number of participants.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Coaching Skills Training - essential coaching skills to build resilient cultures
  • Who’s it for?
    Those in all school phases or types, who would like to incorporate coaching into their practice

    Course overview

    This training is designed to:
    – support schools to use coaching approaches to support a resilient, positive learning culture for staff and students
    – share strengths-based coaching strategies which staff can implement straight away.

    Programme duration
    One to four days

    How many people is this for?
    Between eight participants and your whole school staff

    Estimated cost
    Typically:
    – £1000 per day for 1 facilitator+ travel from London/Reading (< 50 delegates)
    – £1800 for 2 facilitators + travel from London/Reading (<150 delegates)
    – Prices may vary according to location, size and phase of school and the number of participants

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

  • Consultancy - supporting schools to develop their own resilient culture or wellbeing strategy
  • Who’s it for?
    Headteachers, senior leadership teams or system leaders in all school phases and types

    Course overview
    Using The People Project resilience model, senior leaders will be supported to:
    – develop a shared understanding of how to build a resilient culture
    – work with a psychologist to build a long-term strategy to support resilience and wellbeing across the school.

    Programme duration
    Usually four days across an academic year

    How many people is this for?
    Working with individuals or small numbers of your senior leadership team

    Estimated cost
    – Typically £800 per day for 1 consultant + travel from London/Reading
    – Prices may vary according to location, duration of the project, size and phase of school.

    Where and how is this delivered?
    Face to face at your school

    Dates
    Arranged to meet your school’s needs.

Delivery location

The People Project delivers programmes nationally in the UK.

Impact

Impact to date

Since 2013, The People Project has run training for several thousand Teach First teachers. They have developed headteachers and senior leaders through high profile organisations like Achievement for All and Future Leaders. They have also coached over 400 Teach First teachers to develop their resilience, wellbeing and performance. They have worked with multiple schools to develop INSETS and development programmes. The People Project report their work regularly receives the highest ratings and has considerably boosted staff retention rates.

Impact measurements used

The outcomes The People Project aim to improve and measure include: progress of individual coaching clients towards their personal goals; their clients’ increased knowledge about the theory of resilience; and increased abilities to apply personal or organisational resilience strategies.

To measure their impact against these goals they use a range of surveys, which are tailored to the work they are doing and include validated, research informed scales. They evaluate the impact of their coaching on their coachees’ progress through quantitative and qualitative self-assessment. They evaluate their consultancy impact through the outcome measures agreed with the specific client at the start of their work (for example retention figures, employee engagement figures). They monitor the impact of their training delivery through evaluations linked to the bespoke goals of the training designed and delivered, which go beyond assessing client satisfaction to capture evidence about participants’ perceptions of the usefulness of the training and how they intend to change their practice as a result.

They also collect qualitative feedback from their clients to build case studies.

External assessment of impact

The People Project have not yet had an independent, external evlaution of their impact.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

The People Project’s work is founded on a variety of evidence-based psychological principles. Most notably, evolutionary and developmental psychology, a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and the rapidly expanding literature on positive psychology.

Their professional development is also heavily influenced by their Masters and Doctoral research in educational psychology, mindfulness, anxiety, mindsets, leadership and positive psychology interventions. Their aim to a make these strategies applicable to the

real-world. As former teachers who have worked in some of the most challenging schools and behavioral support units in the country, they are always striving to make their support simpler, clearer and more impactful. They pride themselves on being flexible and bespoke to meet schools’ context and needs.

They also understand that behavior change takes time and so the programmes are are held over a number of sessions so that understanding can be built before interventions are implemented and tested through inter-session activities.

Team experience and expertise

The People Project’s experience as psychologists means that their work is underpinned by a wealth of evidence-based knowledge. Their experience as teachers means that their work is immediately applicable to create change for those under stress or who want to develop as resilient leaders.

 

The People Project CPDBee - Directors, Cornelia & Lyndsay

The People Project CPDBee – Directors, Cornelia Lucey & Lyndsay Joyce

 

Dr Lindsay Joyce (DEdPsy, MEd, QTS, BA Hons) is a Registered and Chartered Psychologist; she specialises in simplifying psychological theory and applying it to real-world workplace contexts, and has a particular research interest in resilience and anxiety. Lindsay has previously worked as an Educational Psychologist in Slough and Hampshire, was a Teach First secondary teacher in South London, taught in pupil referral units and worked as a management consultant.

Cornelia Lucey FRSA (MAPP CP, MA Leadership, PGCE, BA Hons) is a Coaching Psychologist and leadership development consultant, she draws extensively on change management and positive psychology approaches. For larger coaching projects, they are supported by a team of associates, all of whom are experienced coaching psychologists and receive regular psychological supervision. All of their associates are trained in The People Project’s methodology and approaches, and we provide additional training around their clients’ context.

Testimonials

Teach First, Ann Scott, Partnerships Manager

Feedback from colleagues I line manage and the participants they support, who access The People Projects service is that: the service is very responsive to the needs of the participants; they have practical help and support that they feel they can implement; the service is helping them to address the needs they are being faced with. In addition – I personally can add that my contact with Lindsay and Cornelia has been nothing less than accommodating and efficient.

This quote from a 2017 participant summarises the benefits of their work well: “I started speaking with Cornelia on a weekly basis at a time when I was feeling a lot of stress and pressure. At the time, I did not understand the importance of prioritising my well-being, and I would spend most of my free time working and would feel guilty if I wasn’t. Cornelia taught me that looking after yourself is something that you have to build into each day if you want to work effectively and productively. By the end of this experience, I was completely burnt out, and that’s when I understood just how important my chats with Cornelia were. I now take time every day to look after my well-being, and I no longer feel guilty about it as I understand without this time I won’t be the best teacher I can be. Cornelia taught me a lot about managing my well-being, and I will take what a learned with me into any job I do in the future”

national education charity, Anonymous manager, national education charity

I have found the quality of the training that The People Project have provided to be perfectly pitched, bringing together some theory with practical solutions and ideas that people can try immediately. Audiences of trainee teachers and in school mentors have found the training illuminating, insightful and very helpful.

On several occasions I have heard people say ‘I wish everyone in my school could receive this training’. The one to one work has also consistently received highly positive feedback from Participants. They tend to be our most vulnerable trainees and they have found it easy to build positive relationships with Lindsay and Cornelia, and have found them understanding, and able to offer practical advice which makes a quick improvement in how they feel.

Downe House, Genevieve Ford, Boarding Deputy and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Lindsay [form The People Project] offered INSET to all our Pastoral staff- she was dynamic, engaging and has a lovely presentation style. Being an ex-teacher, she also had a good understanding of what the staff were going through and really offered the staff some food for thought. She was also able to take the staff outside their comfort zones, with a few of the activities which made the session memorable.

I had very positive feedback from the staff afterwards. The training really got the staff to think about their resilience and how to manage a busy 24/7 environment. I would recommend Lindsay unreservedly.

Teach First, Ann Scott, Partnerships Manager

Feedback from colleagues I line manage and the participants they support, who access The People Projects service is that: the service is very responsive to the needs of the participants; they have practical help and support that they feel they can implement; the service is helping them to address the needs they are being faced with. In addition – I personally can add that my contact with Lindsay and Cornelia has been nothing less than accommodating and efficient.

This quote from a 2017 participant summarises the benefits of their work well: “I started speaking with Cornelia on a weekly basis at a time when I was feeling a lot of stress and pressure. At the time, I did not understand the importance of prioritising my well-being, and I would spend most of my free time working and would feel guilty if I wasn’t. Cornelia taught me that looking after yourself is something that you have to build into each day if you want to work effectively and productively. By the end of this experience, I was completely burnt out, and that’s when I understood just how important my chats with Cornelia were. I now take time every day to look after my well-being, and I no longer feel guilty about it as I understand without this time I won’t be the best teacher I can be. Cornelia taught me a lot about managing my well-being, and I will take what a learned with me into any job I do in the future”

national education charity, Anonymous manager, national education charity

I have found the quality of the training that The People Project have provided to be perfectly pitched, bringing together some theory with practical solutions and ideas that people can try immediately. Audiences of trainee teachers and in school mentors have found the training illuminating, insightful and very helpful.

On several occasions I have heard people say ‘I wish everyone in my school could receive this training’. The one to one work has also consistently received highly positive feedback from Participants. They tend to be our most vulnerable trainees and they have found it easy to build positive relationships with Lindsay and Cornelia, and have found them understanding, and able to offer practical advice which makes a quick improvement in how they feel.

Downe House, Genevieve Ford, Boarding Deputy and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Lindsay [form The People Project] offered INSET to all our Pastoral staff- she was dynamic, engaging and has a lovely presentation style. Being an ex-teacher, she also had a good understanding of what the staff were going through and really offered the staff some food for thought. She was also able to take the staff outside their comfort zones, with a few of the activities which made the session memorable.

I had very positive feedback from the staff afterwards. The training really got the staff to think about their resilience and how to manage a busy 24/7 environment. I would recommend Lindsay unreservedly.